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As someone who LOVES a good journal club, I begrudgingly recognize that many of my learners and colleagues do not feel the same way. I remain convinced that getting a bunch of caring, intelligent people together in a room (preferably with food) to hash out their ideas about a paper they've read is the best way to stay on top of the literature, sharpen our critical appraisal skills, and determine how much chance and bias obscure the truth in any given paper. But, I want to know what you think!

Does your medical school, residency, or hospital hold a journal club? Do you participate?

What do you think of the practice of journal club? What does it accomplish? What SHOULD it accomplish?

What makes journal clubs succeed or fail?

Have you tried any out-of-the-box ideas that have worked really well or have totally flopped?

Thanks in advance for sharing!